Looking for a great trail in Finger Lakes National Forest, New York? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Finger Lakes National Forest ranging from 1.1 to 7.4 miles and from 1,607 to 1,840 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The Finger Lakes National Forest encompasses 16,259 acres of Seneca and Schuyler counties, nestled between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State in the United States. The forest has over 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures, and woodlands. The Finger Lakes National Forest is the only national forest in New York State, and the only public land that has had an explicit philosophy of multiple use.

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muddy
9 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

Mostly well maintained single track. Hiking boots were fine but we could have easily worn waterproof light hiking shoes with stiff soles. Very gentle incline with a few rocks and roots. Some mud near the trail head. Nice view in the cow pasture about midway through the hike. 6 miles in just under three hours.

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muddy
3 months ago

Walked the first four miles as an out and back from north to south. Very easy, no real elevation change, and a very pleasant walk (rather than a hike). Leaves were very colorful when I did it. It's a multi-use trail so parts of it were pretty torn up. Also, some parts of it are part of a project between the forestry service and local farmers who pasture their cows on the land from May to October, so you may find yourself standing in a herd of cows and calves. Be sure to close the gates behind you.

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over grown
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

I hiked the stretch starting at Blueberry Patch in FL National Forest on Sept. 15 2019 heading south towards the lean-to. The horses have torn this trail apart. It is a muddy, miserable mess. I love a challenging hike but this was just awful and I will never do this again outside of cross country skiing, for which this trail is great for. It is such a shame that horses are allowed to ruin this trail as there is so much poop and long stretches of mud that make this trail nearly impassable. If you’re looking for an alternative (which you can also do a nice overnight hike on) I’d explore other trails in the area, such as the Bristol Hills Trail or other stretches of the FL Trail that horses are not allowed on.

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bugs
4 months ago

It was a very beautiful hike. Easy, but the mosquitoes were swarmy. Stop and be silent to hear the frogs, crickets, birds and water! Little water in gorge, probably best in spring, but also probably incredibly muddy then!

This was a fun trail to hike. We both enjoyed seeing the horse riders on the way. Quite a variety of terrain to walk which included woods, grassy trails, crushed stone and a section of the road too. We wondered away from the main trail a bit to see Fosters pond. All in all an enjoyable couple of hours.

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bugs
rocky
4 months ago

This trail is more easy to moderate and go in the spring when gorge is flowing with water. The road to get there is a Gravel road.

on Finger Lakes Trail

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bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

I wouldn’t recommend this trail. It was overgrown in many spots, a little muddy, but worst of all it was extremely buggy. We hiked in about half of a mile and turned back around because the bugs were relentless. There was also no wildlife to be seen and/or heard. Very disappointed.

hiking
5 months ago

You get GREAT exercise because you have to run to stay ahead of the mosquitoes

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bugs
muddy
5 months ago

Quite wet from all the rain but a nice walk in the woods!

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bugs
muddy
over grown
6 months ago

bit muddy & buggy, but nice walk

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bugs
muddy
over grown
washed out
6 months ago

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

nice hike! parts of the wooden walkway need new boards and weed whacking. the best part was in a very woodsy part with dirt (not rocks/gravel) and the dead leaves and pine needles underneath...thunder and big cooling winds ... light sprinkle of rain. it was wonderful. it made up for the awful uphill on the paved road, lol. lots of people out here today.

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bugs
muddy
6 months ago

Remember bug spray and hiking shoes! It was muddy. We enjoyed it and so did our dogs.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Hiked it south to north, opposite of the map on this site. Blew out a tire on a seasonal road getting there, be careful driving. Rained the first day, very very muddy. Scenery is beautiful and exciting, passing through woods and public grazing land. Stopped raining by the time we got to where we were going to camp at foster pond. Lots of spaces with fire pits in the woods surrounding the pond. Pond is clean and was very warm for early June following lots of rain, went swimming at night. Hiked the rest of the way to parmenter rd the next day with excellent weather. Fun hike for a variety of people, ages and experience. There are lots of connecting trails that you could add in to your hike to get more miles. Wouldn’t recommend for dogs due to the mud. There was running water throughout the hike this time of year in addition to several ponds, be careful and filter it well though. Lots of poison ivy on the northern half of the trail.

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